The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 8, Ed. 1 Tuesday, August 1, 1911 Page: 2 of 8
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THE OKLAHOMA WORKMAN.
NEW LODGE AT GROVE.
Charter List Completed—Lodge Insti-
tuted by Deputy Bowers.
Deputy Grand Master Workman D.
C. Bowers, of Chelsea Lodge No. 07,
tins just completed the organiaztion of
a new lodge at Grove, with a charter
list of sixteen members, iiro. Bowers
assures us that the lodge will have a
membership of twenty-five before he
really finishes the work.
The lodge was instituted on July 22,
with the following list of officers:
Past Master Workman, Lewis R.
Master Workman, Thomas Y. 1 logan.
Foreman, Samuel C. McCool.
Overseer, William D. Scott.
Recorder-Financier, Geo. W. Fields,
Receiver, Aaron M. Watkins.
Gu'de, Ray Marshall.
Inside Watchman, C. K. Copeland.
Trustees, R. E. Woodard, S. C. Mc-
Cool and L. R- Peyton.
This lodge opens up a new territory
and should soon succeed in becoming
the largest lodge in that section of
the state. Rro. Rowers has been do-
ing excellent work of late, despite the
discouraging times of the past few
months, he having put in classes at
Pryor Creek, Adair and the new lodge
at Grove. He has several more places
in view and will in all probability or-
ganize a new lodge at Jay, the county
seat of Delaware county.
Let's all join hands for the better-
ment of the Order.
NEW OFFICERS FOR NO. 6.
The following is the new set of offi-
cers for Oklahoma Lodge No. (i, all of
which are good men and have the
welfare of their lodge at heart:
Past Master Workman, F. O. Sim-
Master Workman. J. A. Davidson.
Foreman, M. Cornelius.
Overseer, Earl Pack.
Recorder, Sam Muller.
Financier, Geo, Ross.
Receiver, G. C. Schotwell.
Guide, J. R. Muller.
Any communication concern ng the
membership of Oklahoma Ixidge, or
those desiring information about the
local lodge shou'd be forwarded to
P.m. Sam Muller, the Recorder.
RESPOND TO THE CALL.
The following lodges and individu-
al have responded to the appeal of
Rro A. A. Muse: —
Oklahoma Lodge No. <! S ;>.00
S. I.. Johnson LOO
\V. R. Welch LOO
W. J. Leatherman LOO
Guthrie Lodge No. l r>.00
Sallisaw Lodge No. 72 6.00
Kingfisher Lodge .No. 2 15.00
II. 1). Todd 1-00
AMONG THE JURISDICTIONS.
North Dakota pays the Supremo
Lodge its portion of the Fraternal Aid
Washington has withdrawn from the
Supreme Lodge Jurisdiction and will
now be a strctly independent Order.
Nebraska is gaining in membership
as the reports from that Jurisdiction
There is much new interest in Kan-
sas jurisdiction. The Grand Lodge of-
ficers of that state are mak'ng a heroic
effort to make their membership rec-
ord reach the 40,000 mark.
Maine has adopted an amendment to
its constitution to admit women to
meml ership on the same footing as
Rhode Island is experiencing a \v;«ve
of enthusiasm that assures a success-
ful campaign for new members.
Massachusetts is rap'dly ga'ning
ground in point of members. This
jurisdiction made a net gain of several
hundred last year and stands at the
head of A. O. IT. W. jurisdictions. It
takes the lead in Massachusetts.
Illinois is ga'ning ground. Grand
Recorder Hitch reports conditions
much improved in that jurisdiction.
NOTES FROM DECISIONS ON FRA-
TERNAL BENEFIT LAW DECI-
The temperance societies have
scored another point in a decision by
the Supreme Court of New York,
Appellate Division, handed down re-
cently. In that case, a liquor dealer,
with tho knowledge that liquor dealers
were ineligible to membership, stated
in his application that he was a "mer-
chant," and the court held the state-
ment to be such a misrepresentation
as would avoid the policy.
The New Jersey Court of Appeals
and Errors has stated one of the rules
regarding suspension in a rather new-
light where the by-laws contain an
iI>-• o facto suspension division, but
also contain provis'ons for reinstate-
ment within a certain time. The court
holds that the suspension is not com-
plete until the period of reinstatement
The organizer has gotten into court
and came off victorious. Out In Cal-
ifornia an arrangement was entered
into between a society and an individ-
lal by which it was agreed that the
soe'ety would pay the individual a
has added another decision to the
list now grow'ng quite extensively,
holding that where there is a con-
tract between a person insured in a
fraternal benefit society and a bene-
ficiary named, based upon an avail-
able consideration not to change the
beneficiary, that contract, if fulfilled
upon the part of the beneficiary, will
perclude a change of beneficiary. The
deeis'on goes one step further than
most of them in holding that such a
contract will be effective only so long
as the beneficiary complied with the
agreement. If it be agreed, for ex-
ample, that the beneficiary will pay
the assessment, then the contract will
he binding as long as the beneficiary
continues to pay the assessment, but
w II be abrogated as soon as the bene-
liciary stops paying the assessments,
and thereafter the power to change
the beneficiary is restored to the in-
sured.—Minn. A. O. U. W. Guide.
WILL VISIT EL RENO.
Kingfisher Lodge No. 2 is making
preparations for a visit to El Reno
Lodge in the near future. The mem-
bers of Kingfisher are all live wires
iUftc agotlier JUceb to
"I was born in Indiany," says a stranger, lank and slim,
As us fe'lers in the restaurant was kindo' guyin' him,
And Uncle Jake was slidin, him another pumpkin pie
And a extry cup o' coffee, with a twinkle in his eye.
"I was born in Indiany—more'n forty years ago—
An' I hain't been back in twentv—and I'm working back'ards slow;
l!iit I've et in ever' restaurant twixt here and Banty Fee
And 1 want to state this coffee tastes like gettin' home lo nie!
"l'our us out another, daddy." says the feller warmin' up,
A' spcakin' 'crost a saucerful, as uncle tuk his cup.
"When I seed yer sign out yander," he went on to Uncle Jake—
" 'Come in and git some coffee like yer mother used to make'—
I thought of my old mother and the 1'osev County farm,
And me a little kid ag'n a-hangin" on her arm,
As she set the pot a-billin', broke the eg<is and poured em in.
And flie feller kindo' halted, with a trimble in his chin.
And Uncle Jake lie fetched the feller's coffee back, and stool
As solemn, fer a minute, as a undertaker would;
Then he sort o" turned and tiptoed to'rds the kitchen door—and
next, H 1
Here comes his old wife out with him a rubbin' of her specs—
\nd -lie rushes for the stranger, and she hollers out, ''It s liini !
"Thank Cod we've met him com in'! Don't von know vour mother,
And llu1 feller a< he grabbed her. sav-. <£,1 on bet T ain t forgot' —
But, wipin' of his eves, savs he. "yer coffee's mighty hot!"
—James Wtiitcomb Riley.
certain amount for every member
brought into the society, as shown by
the books of the supreme secrtary.
For some reason the society failed
to live up to the contract and the or-
ganier brought suit. The report given
him by the supreme secretary was per-
mitted to go in evidence and made the
basis of a recovery, which the Court
of Appeals sustained.
The C'vil Court of Appeals of Texas
has laid down some healthy rules. A
society had, in one of its local Texas
branches, an accommodating collector
who frequently went around to the
members to collect their assessments.
One of the members died while in ar-
rears and before the collector called.
His beneficiary sued the order and
claimed that it was the duty of the
collector to call on time, but the court
held that when the by-laws provide for
a time when assessments must be pa d
and for suspension for non-payment
within that time, they will he given
effect, and that the collector is not re-
qu'red to go to members to collect as-
sessments, even though he be a paid
The Civil Court of Appeals of Texas
and on the look out for new members
all the time. They have served notice
on the El Renoites that nothing will
please them more than to have two or
three candidates on which to feed and
assure all a good time. Lodge No. 2
has a good degree team and can put
on tlie Ritualistic work in a manner
that is highly pleasing and instruc-
tive. Here's hoping for the success of
Rro. Walter Locke, the efficient Re-
corder of Hennessey Lodge No. 4. is
contemplating organizing a lodge of
the A. O. F. W. at Dover, a thriving
agricultural town. Rroo. Ixieke says
there are quite a number that want
to become members of tli A. O. IT. W.
in that locality and that a lodge of
twenty members can be secured.
"It was very romantic," says the
friend. "He proposed to her in an
"Yes," we murmur encouragingly.
"And she accepted him in the hos-
WHY THE DEMAND FOR NEW
The quest'on has bet n asked as
to why a continual demand for an
increase in numbers. We must real-
ize the fraternal insurance is as much
a business proposition as that of any
other business. While we practice
fraternity and operate our business
without any desire for profit, never-
theless, we must realize that all busi-
ness, to be successful, must expand,
it matters not how large a business
is done by a corporation, the desire
each succeeding year to measure up ^
to, or excel, the business done in the
previous year, exists. Those respons-
ible for the proper conduct of the
business being pushed by the directors
to make an increase, so far as to
exceed the previous year's business.
Tills should apply to fraternal insur-
ance as well as to any other form ot
business, and we should not 1>q satis-
fied to rest upon our laurals, even if
an increase in the business is not
necessary. We, as partners or di- \
rectors in our corporation, should
,inhke every < Tort to increase our
business. If we make an increase of
one hundred per cent this year, we
should strive next year for two hund-
red per cent increase, thus not onlv
expanding our business, strengthening
our policies, and protecting ourselves,
but increasing that good which s
bound to accrue to humanity in gen-
Who can deny the blessing of in-
surance to humanity who can deny
that it has kept the wolf from the
door? has educated children, r.nd kept
them from the orphan asylums?
When we look around, and note the
mighty efforts made by the largest
insurance companies to constantly in-
crease their enormous volume of busi-
ness, we cannot help but feel that it
is also essential in the fraternal field.
We must keep constantly at it, must
persevere, and .even though the re-
sults are beyond the expectations of
the most optimistic, we should con-
tinue to bring to the attention of
every member, who is a director in
this co-operative society, the neces-
sity for adding to our numbers. We
must inoculate ourselves with the
virus of enthusiasm and constantly en-
deavor to reach the highest pinnacle
of success. We must not be satisfied
to rear a monument wli eli guarantees
to us that which we seek, but we
should endeavor to rear a mounment
to posterity and one that even the
ravages of time will not affect. Let
not our desire be alone for ourselves,
but also for each other. We can and
should build for (he future. The
foundation should constantly be
With this object in view, we must
and shall keep before you, the fact
that growth is not only an essential
but a necessity. Kn'ghts of St.
THE DUTY OF TODAY.
few things in life of which we
can really be certain. We know that
in the natural order of things \\*c
will he called upon to face labor,
sickness, sorrow, anxiety, and finally
death. These are the certainties,
while health, happiness and luxury
are among the uncertainties. Today
we may be in the full flush of vigor
and prosperity, to-morrow the s'tua-
tion may be reversed. In view of
these uneertaintif s how imperative it
is that we provide for the future. The ^
great Jsource, for the penuar\ and k
want which we see all about us, may
be traced to the habit of indefinitely
postponing a duty.
We put off until tomorrow and thus
temporize with the future of our de-
pendents. We console ourselves with
excuses which develop into add tional
excuses as the days roll by until
eventually our cotisc'ences become
seared on the subject. We have been
told again and again that making pro-
vision for the future was a duty of to-
day—not tomorrow, and yet do we
heed it?—Minn. Guide.
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Leatherman, W. J. The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 8, Ed. 1 Tuesday, August 1, 1911, newspaper, August 1, 1911; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc274256/m1/2/: accessed June 18, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.